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Latest update : 2016-02-25

35-hour week: Do the French really work less?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 25.02.16: France is famous (or infamous) for its short working week. But in reality, the stereotype of lazy French workers attached to their 35-hour week is an exaggeration.

Introduced in 2000 to boost job creation, the 35-hour working week remains a deeply divisive issue here in France. The right wing and business representatives say it’s the root cause of France’s economic woes. Defenders say it’s improved the well-being of workers and productivity. Over time, the law has been watered down, meaning that on average, French employees work a lot more than 35 hours a week.

By Florence VILLEMINOT

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2016-05-20 French cinema

Why France shines on the silver screen

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Fri. 20.05.16: France is the birthplace of cinema. One hundred years later, the love of the silver screen is still very strong. The state has set up a...

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2016-05-13 French culture

French culture: An 'exception' to be protected?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS, Thurs. 12.05.16: With the Cannes film festival in full swing, we take a closer look at France’s so-called "cultural exception". French culture is seen as a...

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2016-04-29 French culture

May in France: A month to 'build bridges' and say 'good luck' with a flower

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 28.04.16: May is a particular month in France. Four out of the country's eleven public holidays fall in May, making it a hotly anticipated month for...

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2016-04-21 protest

#NuitDebout: Political revolution or big street party?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS - Thurs. 21.04.16: For over three weeks now, protesters have been occupying public squares across the country. The so-called "Nuit Debout" ("Up All Night")...

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2016-04-14 prostitution

Prostitution in France: Paying for sex just got a lot more expensive

FRENCH CONNECTIONS – Thurs. 14.04.16: Last week, French MPs passed a law that makes it illegal to pay for sex. Clients caught red-handed will be fined. Anti-prostitution groups...

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